How to Become A Member
If you have questions about church membership, please call our pastor or deacons to learn more about becoming a member.
At First Baptist Hanover, we recognize the need for a formal membership.
We ask you to commit to membership for three reasons:
- A Biblical Reason: Christ is committed to the church.
- A Practical Reason: It defines who can be counted on. Membership identifies our family.
- A Personal Reason: It produces spiritual growth. The New Testament links accountability to spiritual growth. You cannot be accountable when you are not committed to any specific church family.
To become a member of First Baptist Hanover
Receive Christ and be by baptized by immersion. You can do this by going forward during the closing hymn. The pastor will be up front and you can tell him what you want to do regarding membership.
Transfer membership from another Baptist Church.
Submit a faith statement from another denomination stating baptism by immersion.
Submit a faith statement from another denomination and
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The Bible says there is only one way to Heaven
Jesus said: "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me." (John 14:6)
Good works cannot save you.
Trust Jesus Christ today! Here's what you
1. Admit you are a sinner.
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God"
"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and
death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all
"If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us."(1 John 1:10)
2. Be willing to turn from sin (repent).
Jesus said: "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."(Luke 13:5)
"And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent"(Acts 17:30)
3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you, was buried, and
rose from the dead.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were
yet sinners. Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and
shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the
dead, thou shalt be saved."(Romans 10:9)
4. Through prayer, invite Jesus into your life to become your personal Saviour.
"For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with
the mouth confession is made unto salvation."(Romans 10:10)
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:13)
What to pray:
"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:"
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old
things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
(2 Corinthians 5:17)
If you have received Jesus Christ as your Saviour,
as a Christian you should:
Read your Bible every day to get to know Christ better.
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that
needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
(2 Timothy 2:15)
"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."(Psalms 119:105)
Talk to God in prayer every day.
"And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye
shall receive."(Matthew 21:22)
"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known
unto God."(Philippians 4:6)
Be baptized, worship, fellowship, and serve with other Christians
in a church where Christ is preached and the Bible is the final authority.
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the
name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:"(Matthew 28:19)
"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."(Hebrews 10:25)
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:"(2 Timothy 3:16)
Tell others about Christ.
"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."(Mark 16:15)
"For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!"(1 Corinthians 9:16)
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek."(Romans 1:16)
Baptism is one of the most important parts of the Christian life, because Christ Himself commanded that we be baptized. (Read Matthew 28:19, Romans 6:3-4).
Baptism is not a Baptist command but is a command of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “Whosoever shall keep even the least of His commandments shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” Furthermore, Jesus Christ Himself said that if we love Him we will keep His commandments (John 14:15).
The Bible clearly teaches that we are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8–9) and according to God's mercy (Titus 3:5). The thief on the cross next to Jesus had no time to be baptized; yet Jesus promised that he would be with Him in Paradise that day (Luke 23:43).
The Apostle Paul declared, "For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel . . . " (1 Corinthians 1:17). This clearly indicates that salvation is a response of faith to the gospel—not the act of baptism. Therefore, water baptism is not an act of salvation, but an act of obedience.
Throughout the New Testament men, women, boys and girls joyfully obeyed the command of Christ and were happily baptized as soon as they received the Gift of Eternal Life.